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Forcible Evidence: The Periodical Press, the Public, and State Violence (NAVSA 2013, 10/23-10/27/13)

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:52am
Katherine Anderson / North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

In recent years, Victorian scholars have given renewed attention to the periodical press and extra-literary modes of communication. Thanks to technological improvements in printing and circulation, the Victorian era saw a significant expansion in the quantity of periodicals and newspapers available to a growing and multifaceted public. As a result, Victorians like Matthew Arnold were anxious about the effect of the new periodical press on the amorphous public and a weakening of state and social authority and coherence, both domestically and abroad. Of course, newspapers could (and did) support state authority as well as oppose it. So how did the press mold readers' opinions and actions in the guise of delivering information?

Children's Literature Panel (PAMLA Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1-3, 2013)

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:41am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The academic interest in children's literature has been growing in popularity. Why do these stories interest a young audience as well as adults? Why are new versions of old stories still interesting? Is the story itself compelling, or are readers fascinated with the aspect of the child itself? This session will focus on children's literature as well as literature about children. Papers can range from any time period and genre (young adult, picture book, folk, film, etc.) Submit a proposal of 300-500 words explaining your project pertaining to the realm of children's literature.

Topics prospective panelists may wish to address include, but are not limited to the following:

ATHE Theatre History Focus Group Debut Panel

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 10:45am
American Association for Theatre in Higher Education (Theatre History Focus Group)

ATHE Theatre History Focus Group
Debut Panel 2013

The Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites submissions for its debut panel from scholars who have neither published articles nor previously presented at ATHE. The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2013.

MLA 2014 -- Cognitive Approaches to Literature Division -- Call for Papers

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:22pm
Julien J. Simon

Call for Papers -- MLA 2014, Chicago
Division on Cognitive Approaches to Literature
(Guaranteed sessions)

Cognitive Approaches to Film
Theory; new interpretations; unexpected angles. We invite papers at the intersection of cognitive studies and the moving image. Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 15th; Julien Simon ( and Lisa Zunshine (

[UPDATE]: "Deathless Love"

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 4:31pm
Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars

*Please note that the abstract deadline has been extended to March 15.*

Celebrating the world's greatest love stories has long been the subject of authors, painters, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and critics. We are pleased to accept papers on the theme of "Deathless Love," ranging from the story of Heloise and Abelard to Wuthering Heights and the Twilight series, and dealing with any genre. Of particular interest are interdisciplinary papers making connections between two or more genres, for example, literary or historical love affairs immortalized in visual art and music; the historical and literary intersections of Spiritualism; and cross-cultural notions of love beyond death.

Explorations of Childhood in Nineteenth Century Working Class Life Writing (PAMLA Conference, San Diego, CA, Nov 1-3, 2013)

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 8:33am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel is designed to examine ideas of childhood based on the life writing of working class people. How is child labor/schooling discussed in life writing from working class individuals? How are ideas of childhood vs. adulthood altered through the necessities of class and work? Questions such as these can highlight how ideas of childhood are frequently tied to middle class identity and development, especially during the nineteenth century.

Abstracts and CV via PAMLA's online proposal system by 3/31/2013:

Questions should be directed to Sarah MacDonald (

[UPDATE] Emerging Perspectives graduate conference. May 2-3, 2013.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 7:43am
UCD English Graduate Society

May 2-3, 2013 at University College Dublin, Rep. of Ireland, in association with the UCD English Graduate Society and Humanities Institute

The UCD English Graduate Society warmly invites MA and PhD students of all levels to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words which engage with the theme 'Emerging Perspectives' for the 2013 EGS Postgraduate Symposium.

Since 2010 the UCD English Graduate Society has provided early stage scholars in universities across Ireland with the opportunity to share their research in a supportive environment. Selections from conferences and seminars have been published annually in the postgraduate journal Emerging Perspectives.